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GL events around the world

Founded in Lyon in 1978, GL events is, today, one of the leading international providers of integrated event services and solutions. It remains the largest event supplier in Europe, and provides a mix of expertise covering event organisation, venue management and services for fairs, congresses and events.

Internationally, GL events has a mission to help companies – both private and public sector – as well as event organisers, at every stage of the event process. From defining their event strategies, through to final implementation in the field.

GL events’ strategic units

GL events is divided into three main strategic business units:

GL events Live – Delivering a full range of bespoke event services, from consultancy and design, through to helping customers develop concepts and strategies for event design and delivery, and ‘on the ground’ event implementation, project management and delivery.

GL events Exhibitions – Managing the Group’s portfolio of over 300 proprietary trade and consumer fairs in France and globally. GL events Exhibitions operates in a cross-section of major economic sectors including industry, building, culture and leisure, home and interior design, the environment, trade and retail. In common with GL events as a whole, it is close to the communities it serves, and understands the priorities and expectations of its customers.

GL events Venues – Co-ordinating a network of 40 venues (convention centres, exhibition centres, concert halls and arenas) both in France and internationally, to host any type of meeting, exhibition, sport or event.

GL events’ global reach

With a presence on five continents, and operations in more than 20 countries, GL events has a key strategic presence:

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GL events in numbers

In 2018, GL events had:

  • 4,506 employees
  • Revenue of 1.041 BN euros
  • More than 90 offices worldwide
  • More than 300 proprietary trade shows
  • 50 managed venues (with combined public space of more than 1.3 million sqm)
  • More than 3,700 events staged annually
  • More than 14 million attendees and exhibitors